All research performed at the Canadian Light Source facility (CLS) that involves: human subjects and/or the use of human tissue or biological fluids from subjects, living or not, or live animals and/or animal tissue or biological fluids from animals requires ethics approval prior to performing research at the CLS.
The CLS facility is licensed through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and CLSI is required to comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. CLSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan.
The University of Saskatchewan:
- follows the national standards outlined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the University Policy Research Involving Human Subjects. The Tri-Council Policy Statement expresses the commitment to the people of Canada to promote the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects.
- holds the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Certificate of Good Animal Practice, indicating that it is in compliance with the national standards set by the CCAC.
Ethics Approval Requirements
Human subjects/human tissue or biological fluids subjects living or not (Human tissue includes research involving human remains, cadavers, tissues, blood, body fluids, embryos or fetuses)
- All research performed at the Canadian Light Source Facility that involves human subjects or the use of human tissue or biological fluids from subjects, living or not, requires review and approval by a University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board.
- A copy of your University of Saskatchewan Certificate of Ethics Approval must be provided to the CLS in support of your application. If you are not affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) please attach an equivalent Certificate of Ethics Approval and Researcher's Summary Form from your home institute. Please note your protocol application must reference the planned use of the CLS facility. All non UofS affiliated users will have their CLS proposal and supporting ethics documents forwarded to the appropriate UofS Research Ethics Board (REB) for review. If additional information is required, the UofS REB will correspond directly with you.
- “All research performed at the Canadian Light Source facility involving animals (use of non-human, vertebrates and cephalopods) requires review and protocol approval by the user's home institution and/or appropriate animal care committee and the University of Saskatchewan’s Animal Research Ethics Board.”
- A copy of your valid Certificate of Protocol approval and copy of the supporting protocol application must be provided to the CLS in support of your application. Please note your protocol application must reference the planned use of the CLS facility.
Animal tissue or biological fluids from animals (CCAC Category A experiments involve the use of animal tissues, but do not involve any work on live vertebrates. Examples include: use of tissue culture; use of tissues obtained at necropsy, from a slaughterhouse, or from another research scientist; or the use of eggs. Studies using most invertebrates (except cephalopods and some other higher invertebrates) or on live isolates, such as protozoa or other single-celled organisms do not need to be submitted for ethics review.)
- All research performed at the Canadian Light Source facility involving animal tissues or biological fluids from animals requires an approved University of Saskatchewan (UofS) Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Category A Short Form. CCAC Category A experiments involve the use of animal tissues, but do not involve any work on live vertebrates.
- A copy of your valid UofS AUP Category A Short Form must be provided to the CLS in support of your application.
For more information on CLSI ethics guidelines and procedures see: